Everyday heroes are all around us

Published 12:19 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2016

On most days, The Vicksburg Post has a standing feature on the front page.

On Wednesdays it’s Health & Fitness, Thursdays we do a Downtown Spotlight and Saturdays, Faith & Family.

Three weeks ago, we introduced Focus as the new Sunday feature. These stories take current issues or interesting stories and expand them into longer reads, perfect for Sunday afternoons.

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All of these are great, but I think my favorite may be our hero features. It is in these features we’re able to highlight the everyday men and women who make Vicksburg the special place it is.

Last week, I got to meet several of my own personal heroes after an unfortunate mishap.

After going to a weather briefing at the Warren County Emergency Management Agency at the courthouse, I returned to my Jeep to find the battery dead.

Due to the dreary weather that was only expected to get worse, I elected to leave it there overnight and try again Thursday.

I jumped it off, but, as I later found out, it had a bad alternator and didn’t make it all the way to my destination. I didn’t make it far at all actually.

At the corner of Clay and Adams streets, I was stuck.

It was there I met a nice lady who offered to help me out, but I turned her down due to the traffic in the area. I needed some serious help.

I made a call to the police station, and before long VPD officer Bryant Covington and Warren County sheriff’s deputy A.J. (Buddy) Holiday were on the scene.

I was feeling frazzled and a bit embarrassed. You never realize how much traffic goes through that area until you’re stuck there.

The law enforcement professionals reassured me everything was fine and helped me get my vehicle running while escorting me to my final destination.

For them, it may have been just another day on the job, but for me, these men quickly turned a high-stress situation into something manageable.

I know there’s a lot of turmoil going on nationally involving some law enforcement, but it sure does feel good to know we’ve got some great men and women behind the badge here in Vicksburg and Warren County.

Austin Vining is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. Send comments to austin.vining@vicksburgpost.com